Tone Fløtten is Managing Director of the Research Foundation Fafo. She holds a PhD in sociology and has specialized in research on poverty and social exclusion, economic inequality, comparative social policy and the Nordic model. For several years Fløtten was one of the two heads of The Norwegian Centre for Research on Poverty and Social Assistance (Fami).
Fløtten is a frequently used media commentator and she is regularly lecturing both popular and academic audiences. She is member of several boards, she serves on the strategic advisory board of the Danish National Institute for Social Science Research, she was a member of the Norwegian Commission on Distribution and the Danish Expert Commission on Poverty, and she was member of The Norwegian Commission for the Investigation of Scientific Misconduct.